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by Prince Of Petworth — June 21, 2017 at 1:20 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

My new condo has these amazing high windows in the bedroom, which is in the back of the building on a corner that overlooks both an alley and a small lot. It’s three stories up and generally pretty quiet. EXCEPT:

Every single night I’ve lived here, the same enormous truck backs up our entire alley (beeping the entire way). It then idles underneath my windows as people from a hotel that abuts the lot (but does not own it) come in and out of their backdoor, slamming the truck doors and unloading what looks to be food. This goes on for about 20-25 minutes, before the truck takes off down the alley again. It usually gives a few short goodbye honks as its doing this, about 10 feet from my head. This all goes on around 2:30am every single night, weekdays and weekends.

I’ve gotten a high-rated noise machine. The truck (especially the honking and beeping) overpowers any setting it has. This one truck has become my nemesis, and it’s driving me crazy.

My questions are these: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth — June 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

Driving me crazy, pun intended, since 2007.

Thanks to a reader for sending from the Hill East Listserv – do not read if you are on blood pressure medication:

“On 15th at around C SE, I was driving home from grocery shopping. A large SUV was simply stopped in the middle of the road, hazards on, while the driver stood there and chatted with some people she knew. Totally out of her car, just standing on the road chatting. When I pulled up behind her, she gave me a look and told me, “You can wait.” I tapped on my horn, and this enraged her. She flipped me off, and told me, “Now I’m gonna waste time just to punish you.”

For the few blocks it took me to get home, she drove at about three miles an hour in front of me. I got a picture of her license plate. This is illegal, right? Is there anything I can do?

At the very least, if you’re someone out there who thinks you’re more important than anyone else, and that all of traffic can just stop for all you care as long as you get what you want, just know that I personally think you’re a selfish and inconsiderate person.”

by Prince Of Petworth — May 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm 23 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Spiegel

You gotta unmute the video below for full effect:

by Prince Of Petworth — May 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm 26 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user quemac

Sadly not surprised. Maybe surprised we’re not number 1. In August I will have lived in the District of Columbia for 20 years. My absolute least favorite thing about the city I love are the mosquitos.

“Orkin’s Top 50 Mosquito Cities list ranks metro areas by the number of mosquito customers served from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. The list includes both residential and commercial treatments.

Washington, D.C. (+1)
Chicago (-1)
New York (+1)
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (+8)
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
Houston (+5)
Detroit (-4)
Charlotte, N.C. (-1)
Nashville, Tenn. (-3) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth — April 24, 2017 at 10:45 am 24 Comments

bench mt. p

Thanks to Mary for sending the update on the bench divider over the weekend. Unclear if it was a rogue removal or an official removal. Commenters to the original post say: “There is an ANC meeting tomorrow night at the Mount pleasant library at 730 pm to decide what to do about these.”



“The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) would like to thank the community for bringing this to our attention. The installation of the middle dividers was not authorized by the District government. Therefore, at DPR’s request, the Department of General Services (DGS) removed the dividers earlier this week.”

by Prince Of Petworth — April 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm 154 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

Noticed today that there’s some new hostile architecture in Lamont Park: wooden dividers installed on all the benches so folks can’t lie down. I’ve lived on the block facing this park for 7 years and have never found people resting on the benches to be a problem. Anyone have an idea who is responsible for this and how we can speak out against it?”

lamont bench hostile
3258 Mt Pleasant Street, NW


“The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) would like to thank the community for bringing this to our attention. The installation of the middle dividers was not authorized by the District government. Therefore, at DPR’s request, the Department of General Services (DGS) removed the dividers earlier this week.”

by Prince Of Petworth — April 17, 2017 at 1:15 pm 16 Comments

loud mad
Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

“Dear PoPville,

I live off Kansas and Missouri Ave in N. Petworth/Brightwood Park, and have a unique issue.

Last Saturday, construction workers came super early (not the issue, but annoying) and jackhammered a big hole in the street, presumably to access underground infrastructure. At the end of the day, they laid down those big thick metal plates you often see used to cover such sites. They haven’t been back since then, but I assume they’ll be back tomorrow since it seems Saturdays are the preferred work day for this site.

Over the course of the week, one of the metal plates loosened to the point that every time a car passes over it, it makes two loud bangs – one for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels. When a large vehicle (bus, trash truck) passes, it actually causes the ground/house to vibrate, and this is accompanied by a much larger “BOOM.” Missouri Ave. is a pretty major cross-city street with a lot of traffic, so the bangs can be as frequently as every second or two, depending on time of day.

My house is pretty close to the construction site, and the banging is slowly driving me crazy. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth — April 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm 79 Comments

Popville bullet

“Dear PoPville,

I live at 5th and O Sts NW. I’m done with the insanity every time the weather turns nice and my neighbors go on shooting sprees. They’re not even my neighbors, they’re the people that lost their right to subsidized housing because of their criminal records, who now live in MD. But they drive here to hang out where the 5th and 7th St gangs were and pretend their old “territory” is still theirs – you can see their MD plates filling the parking lots of the housing communities on these blocks. My neighbors and I pitched holy hell two summers ago when there were multiple shootings outside Kennedy Rec until we got a 24/7 police presence on that block. It took 5 shootings and daily phone calls to the mayor’s office to get it done. We have talked to the police, we have talked to the mayor’s office, we have talked to our ANC reps. The problem is tremendously clear. These are repeat offenders who get arrested, but are back on our street within a matter of days. So the issue is the court system. These felons are not being prosecuted, they are being released, and they know they’re going to be released. Our officers are present on these blocks, they engage with the community and they risk their safety, as they did last night, chasing an armed man for multiple blocks on foot until he managed to evade them on our block while his friends shot up 6th and O. I cannot imagine how frustrating it is to do your job, day in and day out, and watch the same people you arrest for blatant criminal activity back on the same block committing these same violent offenses in less than three days.

So where is the breakdown? (more…)


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